Microsoft Buying ZeniMax

Microsoft announces they are acquiring ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion in cash. This will make Microsoft owner of Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, and is expected to be conclude by the end of fiscal 2021. As noted in a tweet by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, this means Xbox owner Microsoft is now actually publishing two games as PlayStation 5 exclusives. There's more on the deal in a post on Xbox Wire by Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Here's the announcement:
As the gaming industry transforms from a device-centric era to a player-centric era powered by new technology that provides the freedom to play with friends anywhere on any device, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) on Monday announced plans to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, one of the largest, privately held game developers and publishers in the world. Creators of critically acclaimed and best-selling gaming franchises including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout among many others, Bethesda brings an impressive portfolio of games, technology, talent, as well as a track record of blockbuster commercial success, to Xbox. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash.

With unique investments in content, community, and the cloud, Microsoft's gaming strategy differs from others by empowering people to play the games they want, with the people they want, anywhere they want. Games are the primary growth engine in gaming, and games are fueling new cloud-gaming services like Xbox Game Pass, which has reached a new milestone of over 15 million subscribers. With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda's iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft's intent to bring Bethesda's future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.

"Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends," said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of Xbox Game Pass—from Minecraft to Flight Simulator. As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide."

"This is an awesome time to be an Xbox fan. In the last 10 days alone, we've released details on our two new consoles which go on pre-order tomorrow, launched cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and now we're making another investment in the most critical part of our strategy: the games," said Phil Spencer, executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft. "Generations of gamers have been captivated by the renowned franchises in the Bethesda portfolio and will continue to be so for years to come as part of Xbox."

The planned acquisition includes publishing offices and development studios spanning the globe with over 2,300 employees, including Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. Bethesda's critically acclaimed and best-selling franchises include The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored, among others.

Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media was founded in 1999 by Chairman and CEO Robert A. Altman; Bethesda's structure and leadership will remain in place.

"This is a thrilling day for this company, our employees, and our fans. We have enjoyed a close partnership with Microsoft for decades, and this deal is a natural progression of those years working together," said Altman. "The big winners today are our fans. We are continuing to develop our slate of AAA games, but now with Microsoft's scale and entire Game Stack, our games can only get better."

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review. Microsoft expects the acquisition to close in the second half of fiscal year 2021 and to have minimal impact to non-GAAP operating income in fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Non-GAAP excludes the expected impact of purchase accounting adjustments, as well as integration and transaction-related expenses.
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Primalchrome wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 10:44:
Reading this on twitter, my mind immediately went to a place where a new engine would be created for future Elder Scrolls and Fallout games. One that would have a decent interface, less jank, natively support VR and actively encourage such modding genius as SKSE/SkyUI.

Am I the foolish bright eyed naïve soul from my youth?

Unfortunately, yes, yes you are.

Who knows what may happen, although a new engine might be happening anyway, I don't think Microsoft as a parent/grand parent company will do anything to encourage more modding.

Any time mega corps buy each other out/merge, it's usually much worse for consumers.
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IMO this is a good move, I'm not a fan of Zenimax at all, fucking penny pinchers. MS makes mistakes, but they don't sweat every single penny.

THIS REALLY HELPS THEIR PORTFOLIO! This is a big announcement and if they keep it exclusive, wow.
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wowwwwww.
I didn't see that coming.

BUT on the plus since, since I went and loaded up my MS xbox play pass with 3 years at $5 or less per month prior to them raising the price then converted it to ultimate... I'm set! Anything Beth publishes in next 3 years by beth I get to play for no more cost. Plus MS added the EA pass, albeit the lower tier to the membership. Heck if I just wait a few months, I bet I can play the latest doom game without buying it (I was waiting for a sale), I bet it gets added to MS's list.

Thanks to the guy who mentioned how to load up the MS account in one of the other threads. I think it's still doable too with the brazilian gold card trick too, doing it that way is only about $90 for 3 years of ultimate xbox pass which is both PC and console and the new xcloud.
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TheBigVlad wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 10:38:
Hopefully this will bring some much needed quality control to Bethesda's games. Also, Microsoft, please force Bethesda to use a new engine for future Fallout/ES games. It's time to retire Gamebryo. I really don't see a downside to this news.

You must not be running Windows 10? I've lost track of the number of severe bugs they've included with every single major Windows 10 update. From what I read, it mostly comes from the fact that they got rid of their physical hardware lab test harnesses and rely on virtual environments, which don't behave like physical systems in some scenarios. It would be nice if the gaming department did something different, but I certainly won't hold my breath.
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The Pyro wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 11:03:
Please don't make me use a Microsoft account to play TES 6...

Pretty much you can count on that happening. Looks like I'm done with Bethesda / iD games.
Get your games from GOG DAMMIT!
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Sep 21, 2020, 11:08
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No love for Zenimax. I like old Bethesda games, I thinkwe all do, but they've needed a swift kick up the arse to get in gear for over a decade now. Hopefully this MS aquisition will do it.

I wonder if Fallout and Elder Scrolls games will become xbox first party exclusives? (would also work on PC, just not Playstation)

Sony has had tons of JRPGs that only get released on Playstation for a looooong long time. Wouldn't be crazy to see the western console corner some big western RPGs, and Bethesda RPGs are some of the biggest western RPG franchises that exist.
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Please don't make me use a Microsoft account to play TES 6...
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As an ESO Plus subber, I wonder if development of the game will shift after this settles.
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Can't say we're DOOMed, saving that for when Electronic Arts buys ZeniMax.
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I'm down for an indie style Quake 5 and New Vegas 2 !
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It's a huge deal in the console space and will have ramifications for their PC offerings as well. Instantly gives them a lot more cred for Gamepass which has genre holes you could drive a truck through.
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Reading this on twitter, my mind immediately went to a place where a new engine would be created for future Elder Scrolls and Fallout games. One that would have a decent interface, less jank, natively support VR and actively encourage such modding genius as SKSE/SkyUI.

Am I the foolish bright eyed naïve soul from my youth?
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Microsoft's goal was to buy more lawyers. They got a game studio as part of the deal.
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Hopefully this will bring some much needed quality control to Bethesda's games. Also, Microsoft, please force Bethesda to use a new engine for future Fallout/ES games. It's time to retire Gamebryo. I really don't see a downside to this news.
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At about half that I wonder if Marvel and Star Wars think they went cheap.
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